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Sovereign Seven was a comic book series created by Chris Claremont and Dwayne Turner in 1995. It ran for 36 issues and two annuals.

The series was the first creator owned series for DC Comics.

Sovereign Seven contains examples of:

  • Action Girl:
    • Every female member of the team, and the town sheriff, Molly Savoy.
    • Even Lois Lane gets a guest spot wielding Finale's armor and sword.
  • All Just a Dream: At the end of the final issue, the whole series turns out to be a fictional comic book series drawn by a pair of female comic book writers and artists.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Indigo, who it is suggested could switch between male and female at will.
  • Barrier Warrior: Rampart.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Network will bite, claw, scratch and kick like the devil if you even suggest making her psi-blind. Justified in that without her telepathic powers, she's unable to read, speak, or communicate.
    • For Cascade, it's even suggesting that she's remotely like her mother, Matriesse.
    • For Finale, it's the mere thought of getting wet. Believing she had made contact with water literally drove her berserk at one point.
  • Big Eater: Cruiser's telekinesis is fueled by his body mass.
  • Bookends: The series begins and ends with the phrase, "It was a dark and stormy night when Sovereign Seven came to town."
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Skin Dance's victims.
  • Cernunnos: Cernunnos/Herne the Hunter show up in the woods around Crossroads, with the Sovereigns put in the role of The Wild Hunt via Mind Control.
  • Continuity Nod: Several for the main DCU, including a Road Trip Plot to Gotham City during the Contagion Storyline, the events of Final Night took place during Network's turn as a Fake Defector, and the events of the Genesis storyline.
  • Dedication: The first issue began with a dedication to the legendary Jack Kirby. The final issue ended with a dedication to the comic book writer Archie Goodwin.
  • Excalibur: Excalibur shows up.
  • Eyepatch of Power: In the final issue, a character sports an eyepatch that she previously hadn't worn. The Sovereigns assumed it was due to an injury in the close quarters fighting they were currently locked in. Turns out it was a gunsight for a Kill Sat.
  • Fake Defector: Network pretends to be under the Mind Control of the Chimera android, until she reveals that she's merely playing along to rescue an infant telepath from the organization's clutches. Her friends, however, do not take her actions very well; Cascade particularly is so hurt that she leaves the team for a while.
  • Kill Sat: The Mir Space Station functions as one in the final issue.
  • Killed Off for Real: Rampart.
  • Les Yay:
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai
  • Never Learned to Read: Network. As a telepath, her "language" is based in imagery and not symbols or letters. It's been stated that without her telepathy, she would be incapable of learning spoken or written language.
  • Never Learned to Talk: A strange case involving Network. She and her family are entirely telepathic, a mark of royalty in her world. As such, however, she never learned to speak and Never Learned to Read, or anything else for that matter. She is only able to do those things by using her psychic powers to piggyback off of the abilities of the people around her, and lives in mortal terror of being made "head-blind". When her abilities fail towards the end of the series, she's little better than an infant.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Super-Speed: Reflex, who isn't quite as fast as Impulse (later Kid Flash), although he can dodge him much to the speedster's bewilderment.
  • Telepathy: Network's primary power.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Pretty much everyone's reaction to Network's Fake Defector stint. Network decided she couldn't let the others in on her scheme, for fear it would be discovered, and Cascade took it so hard, she actually left the team for a time.